Remember the Children’s Home
Sunday, May 31st is a fifth Sunday, when we remember the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home with our “Noisy Offering.” Please bring all your spare change to church and drop it into the bucket as we collect monies for the children served by our Conference.

Graduation Sunday and Father’s Day
We have set aside Sunday, June 7th to be Graduation Sunday. Please notify the church office as soon as possible about any high school or college graduates who should be honored on that Sunday.

The care committee will be having a summer celebration on Sunday, June 14th. We will be cooking hamburgers and hotdogs in celebration of “Fathers and Friends”. This celebration will be held immediately after church, and we are planning some indoor and outdoor games as part of the event.

Annual Conference, June 9-15
This year the Annual Conference of the Florida United Methodist Church will be held in Daytona Beach on June 9th through June 15th. Pastor Merritt and Mary Fortney, our Lay Delegate, will be in attendance. Our prayers and thoughts go with our delegates as they conduct the business of the church for another year.

Pastor’s Vacation
Pastor Merritt will be gone on vacation for the two weeks immediately following the Florida Annual Conference. He will be gone from June 14th through June 28th, and he will return to work on Tuesday, June 30th.

Our Lay Servant, Kim Floyd will be preaching on Sunday, June 14th, and the Care Committee will be holding a “Fathers and Friends” celebration immediately following the service. On June 21st, Father’s Day Sunday, the Rev. Julian Graham will the guest speaker. June 28th will be Gideon’s Sunday, when we will have a speaker from the Gideon’s Society.

Celebrate the 4th with Sandi Patty
Celebrate America on Thursday, July 2nd with Christian Music’s Sandi Patty. Sandi will be appearing at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, July 2nd at 7:00 PM. She will be joined by the Bell Shoals Worship Choir and Orchestra in a program of patriotic songs, American standards, and sacred classics. Advance tickets can be purchased at, or by calling (855) 223-1008. Bell Shoals Baptist Church is located at 2102 Bell Shoals Road in Brandon.

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Bible Passage of the Week
The True Vine

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper. He removes any of my branches that don’t produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit. You are already trimmed because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch can’t produce fruit by itself, but must remain in the vine. Likewise, you can’t produce fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can’t do anything.  If you don’t remain in me, you will be like a branch that is thrown out and dries up. Those branches are gathered up, thrown into a fire, and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified when you produce much fruit and in this way prove that you are my disciples.

John 15:1-8 (CEB)

Pastors Message
Prayer Requests
About Us

8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Service Times:
9:00 AM -- Faith Groups for All Ages
 (Sunday School)
10:00 AM-- Worship Service

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
Download the June, 2015 BELL Newsletter from this link.
RUMC Launches Online Giving

Riverview First United Methodist Church is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.

We also offer a mobile app version of our online giving page. Now, you can give anytime using your smart phone or tablet. Simply scan the image found in your Sunday bulletin or monthly Bell Newsletter using your device’s QR code reader.
Celebrating 170 Years
Riverview First United Methodist Church was started in 1845, a year before Florida became a state.  On August 16th, our church will be celebrating 170 years of serving God and the greater Riverview community. You are warmly invited to celebrate with us on that Sunday with a Homecoming Service beginning at 10:30 AM.  We have invited former pastors, members and friends to participate with us.  Special singing and other surprises have been planned for that Sunday. Immediately following the service, there will be a covered dish luncheon. We look forward to fellowshipping with all our current and former members and friends.

To join us please RSVP by July 31st either by writing us at the 8002 U.S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL 33578 or calling us at (813)677-5995.

Vacation Bible School 
Coming in July
Our Vacation Bible School is coming on July 27th through July 31st. The theme for this year’s VBS is “G Force”, where kids explore how to put their faith into action. In this focusing on missions, your child will experience God’s unstoppable love and discover how to move in and through life with God. G-Force also has an emphasis on all sorts of kid-friendly transportation, such as skateboards, running shoes, roller blades, and more! View a preview of G-Force fun at this website.

Rolinda Smoak, our VBS Director, has chosen the dates and the curriculum, but, as always, she needs the support of the entire congregation. She is looking for teachers, teacher’s aides, food preparers and support crew. You can contact Rolinda at 453-0190 to volunteer or for more information.
Calendar of Events

Monday, May 25
Memorial Day.  Church office will be closed.

Thursday, May 28
Lifeline Screening/Medicare Wellness Visit.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, by appointment.

Sunday, May 31
Noisy Offering Sunday. Save your change for the Florida Methodist Children’s Home, Sanctuary, 10:00 AM

Monday, June 1
United Methodist Men.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 7:00 PM.
United Methodist Women.  Library, 7:00 PM.

Sunday, June 7
Graduation Sunday.  Sanctuary, 10 AM

Wednesday, June 10-Saturday, June 13
FLUMC Annual Conference. Daytona Beach, Florida

Sunday, June 14
Kim Floyd, Preaching.  Sanctuary 10 AM
Fathers and Friends Celebration.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 
11:15 AM

Sunday, June 21
Father’s Day. Rev. Julian Graham, Guest Speaker. Sanctuary,
 10 AM

Sunday, June 28
Gideon Sunday.  Sanctuary, 10 AM

Thursday, July 2
July 4th Celebration with Sandi Patty.  Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, Brandon, 7:00 PM.

Monday, July 20-Saturday, July 25
Camp Warren Willis Youth Camp. Contact Pastor Rick Phillips at 503-7933, if you are interested.

Friday, July 24
Classical Guitar Concert. Gerardo Perez Capdevila will perform, Crichton Fellowship Hall, 7:00 PM

Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31
Vacation Bible School.  Church Campus. Contact Rolinda Smoak at 453-0190 to help out.

August 16, 2015
170th Birthday Celebration (Homecoming Sunday). Sanctuary, 10:30 AM.